New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner has recovered from Covid-19 and will be available for selection in the second ODI against Ireland at The Village, Malahide on Tuesday (July 12).
Santner had contracted the dreadful virus on July 3 and was subsequently forced to stay back while his teammates were in Ireland. Santner missed the first ODI match on Sunday (July 10) but will return to the squad for the second match.
Mitchell Santner available to play second ODI against Ireland
New Zealand Cricket’s official Twitter handle mentioned that the 30-year-old will be available for selection in the second ODI match against Ireland.
“After a delayed arrival due to Covid-19, Mitchell Santner will be available for selection in ODI 2 today at Malahide,” BlackCaps tweeted.
Nice to have a bit of a train this morning: Mitchell Santner
Santner has also been named the captain of New Zealand for the three-match T20I series, starting on July 18. Senior players like Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Tim Southee were given rest for the tours of Ireland, Scotland and the Netherlands.
“It’s obviously nice to be here. Delayed by a week, which is a little bit niggly, staying at home, but I’m here now,” Santner said in a video posted on BlackCaps’ Twitter handle.
“It was nice to go to the game yesterday and stay awake. It was obviously a great game, but I’m ready to go. It was nice to get out there and have a bit of a train this morning. We tried to do a little bit yesterday during the game, but [I] should be pretty fresh, ready to go,” he added.
New Zealand narrowly won the first ODI by one wicket in the final over, thanks to a valiant maiden ODI century from all-rounder Michael Bracewell (127*) as the visitors chased 305 in 49.5 overs.
New Zealand ODI squad vs Ireland: Tom Latham (c), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Will Young, Jacob Duffy, Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Dane Cleaver, Glenn Phillips, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.